Community Engagement Officer for Northeast Dutchess County

Community Engagement Officer for Northeast Dutchess County

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

The mission of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) is to build stronger communities through philanthropy and leadership. We offer donors, nonprofits and community groups the tools and expertise to achieve their philanthropic vision and goals, and identify critical areas where the foundation can leverage its relationships and leadership for lasting impact. Founded in 1987 in Salisbury, Conn., Berkshire Taconic serves Berkshire County, Mass.; Columbia and northeast Dutchess County, N.Y.; and northwest Litchfield County, Conn. In all, we serve the residents of 70 towns and three cities across three states, within a 2,200-square mile region. 

Like most community foundations, BTCF offers a variety of fund types that allow donors and community groups to build charitable resources and make grants and other awards over time to achieve their philanthropic goals. BTCF has also proactively established funds to address a specific issue in our region or to develop permanent charitable resources to serve a set of communities. This has resulted in the creation and growth of 11 area funds, 33 educational enrichment funds that serve every public school district in our region, and special initiatives to address regional challenges, such as the shortage of high-quality early childhood programs and affordable housing options. 

In total, the foundation manages more than 550 funds totaling $190 million in combined assets that together make over $10 million in grants and other awards each year. BTCF is a learning organization that embraces a culture of high performance, transparency and flexibility. All staff participate in professional development activities on an ongoing basis and work cooperatively as a team, respectful of one another, the volunteer board that guides our work, and the nonprofits and donors who are our vital partners in improving lives around the region. More information can be found at BerkshireTaconic.org

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Community Engagement Officer for northeast Dutchess County will be responsible for coordinating BTCF’s program, advancement and donor services activities in the region. This is a half-time position.

The northeast Dutchess County region is defined as encompassing the following communities:  Amenia, Clinton Corners, Dover Plains, Millbrook, Millerton, North East, Pine Plains, Stanford, Washington, Wassaic and Wingdale, and their hamlets.  BTCF also partners and supports its Northeast Dutchess (NED) Fund Committee, consisting of community leaders from the region, by providing support for its grantmaking and advancement activities. This position will work closely with the committee and its chair in furthering the committee’s goals and BTCF’s broader work in the region. 

The Community Engagement Officer will develop knowledge of and relationships with nonprofits serving the region in order to support BTCF grantmaking programs and help advise the grantmaking of BTCF donors in the region. The role will also include conducting outreach to potential donors to establish new funds or to contribute to existing funds, including the NED Fund and other established funds that support the region. This position will also serve as the primary staff coordinator for the NEDCorps initiative, a multi-year effort to raise individuals and families out of poverty and secure financial self-sufficiency in this region. 

This position reports to BTCF’s Program Director and works closely with a team of Community Engagement Officers who hold similar roles. 

This Community Engagement Officer will be based in one of the towns in northeast Dutchess County region, either in a home office or in space provided. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Program/Grantmaking

  • Conduct outreach to raise visibility of BTCF grant and scholarship programs in the region
  • Build knowledge among and serve as a liaison to key stakeholders (nonprofits, donors, schools, government, etc.) of the foundation’s activities across northeast Dutchess County and the broader BTCF region
  • Provide support to nonprofits if questions arise when developing grant proposals 
  • Facilitate grant review processes, including NED Fund Committee grantmaking
  • Work with BTCF Program Director and Grants Associate when revising guidelines and/or processes
  • Provide NED Fund Committee with reports from grantees
  • Coordinate the NEDCorps initiative, including: 
    • Managing the NEDCorps Advisory Committee in conjunction with the committee chair and facilitator/consultant (scheduling meetings, drafting/circulating agendas, developing meeting minutes, coordinating follow-up activities)
    • Facilitating communication and collaborative work between and among initiative partners, including school-to-work program
    • Remain informed of initiative evaluation activities and provide support, as needed, to BTCF’s evaluation director
    • Coordinate, with support from BTCF staff and NED Committee, fundraising/development efforts to secure initiative funds 
  • Identify opportunities to build connections between and among BTCF funds serving the region, including BTCF educational enrichment funds, for information exchange and exploring opportunities for collaborative grantmaking 

Development/Advancement

  • Work with BTCF’s Chief Philanthropy Officer and NED Fund Committee Chair to develop annual development and donor engagement strategies with measurable goals
  • Work with the NED Fund Committee Chair and BTCF Philanthropic Services staff to draft annual appeals for the NED Committee 
  • Work with BTCF Philanthropic Services staff to prepare proposals and reports for private funders supporting BTCF and NED activities and funds  
  • Steward a portfolio of BTCF donors in the region
  • Identify potential donors for BTCF funds, including the NED Fund
  • Maintain a prospect list and work with BTCF Philanthropic Services staff to develop outreach plans and actions for each prospect

Communications 

  • Work with BTCF Communications staff to identify grantee and donor stories to be featured in foundation publications and other media 
  • Work with BTCF Communications staff to develop region-specific communication strategies to keep donors and nonprofits informed of BTCF and NED Committee activities 

Administrative

  • Work with the NED Fund Committee chair to schedule meetings and draft agendas
  • Maintain mailing lists and donor profiles using BTCF’s database
  • Coordinate grantmaking processes with BTCF Grants Associate
  • Maintain NED Fund Committee meeting minutes and committee lists with terms

The Community Engagement Officer may be assigned other duties as determined by her/his supervisor. 

Qualifications

  • Experience in the nonprofit sector and/or philanthropy 
  • Knowledge of the northeast Dutchess County region
  • Residency in northeast Dutchess County or a nearby community 
  • Superb writing abilities and clear communication skills
  • Good problem solver
  • Well-organized; ability to manage multiple projects at one time
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of file management systems and customer relationship management systems (CRM)
  • College degree

COMPENSATION

Commensurate with experience and skills.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit resume and cover letter to Program Director Maeve O'Dea at maeve@berkshiretaconic.org.